Steven Schick Named Artistic Director of San Francisco Contemporary Musicians Players
The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players are pleased to announce the appointment of internationally renowned conductor and percussionist Steven Schick as Artistic Director.
"The forty-year tradition of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players establishes it as one of this country's most venerable and important ensembles for contemporary music; and the terrific musicians of the group and their commitment to cutting-edge musical ideas means that it is also an ensemble of the future,” said Steven Schick. “What a thrill it is for me to now be part of an organization that is both roots and rhizomes. We know where we're from; where and how we'll grow next is the exciting part!"
As Artistic Director, Schick will serve as both conductor and chief artistic administrator. The 2011-12 season will feature Schick’s programming for a subscription series at Herbst Theater beginning in October 2011.
In great demand as a performer, Steven Schick will make a number of appearances in New York in February. He is to perform John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit and Louis Andriessen’s Worker's Union as part of the 8th Blackbird-curated Tune-In Festival at the Armory and as conductor and percussionist in The International Contemporary Ensemble’s Alice Tully Hall performances. In March, he appears in Schick Machine, an evening length solo musical theater work created especially for him by the Paul Dresher Ensemble at San Francisco’s Theater Artaud. Schick’
“Steven Schick is an exciting, brilliant, and extraordinary contemporary musician,” says Richard Lee, President of the Board of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. The unanimous choice among a field of 90 international candidates, Steven brings an international reputation and a lifetime of engagement with contemporary music. We look forward to his inspiring leadership of our gifted ensemble.”
Percussion has often played a central role in contemporary music and there is no doubt that percussionists are more and more moving from within the ensemble to the podium. “In a recent article about this trend, New York Times critic Alan Kozinn even proclaimed that “drums are the new violins” going on to make a point that the percussion discipline is excellent training for understanding the dense polyphonic textures of today’s contemporary music. Steven Schick is just such a case, a musician who artfully combines conducting and percussion performance to weave a unique international career. Founder and Artistic Director of the percussion group, "red fish blue fish,” Schick also serves as Music Director and conductor of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus since 2007. He makes space in his artistic life to conduct the International Contemporary Ensemble as well as to perform George Crumb in a new Peter Sellars production. Mark Swed from the Los Angeles Times described a recent performance of Xenakis’s Rebonds as featuring “the intelligence of a computer, the body of an athlete, and the pose of a dancer” and his performances of Stockhausen’
Described by San Francisco Chronicle music critic Joshua Kosman as “the area’s premier new music ensemble,” The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players are a group of highly skilled musicians with an international reputation in contemporary music performance. On April 4, the ensemble celebrates 40 years with a special Gala concert featuring a special guest appearance by Terry Riley and a performance of the legendary In C. A ten-time winner of the national ASCAP/Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music, the ensemble has toured widely throughout California with performances on such prestigious concert series as the Ojai Festival, Los Angeles’ Monday Evening Concerts, San Francisco Performances, Cal Performances, the Stern Grove Festival, and the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento. The ensemble made its European debut at the Cheltenham Festival in 1986, and in 2009 performed in Nice, France for the 30th anniversary season of the prestigious MANCA new music festival. This year, the ensemble has been invited to perform on the distinguished Morrison Artists Series at San Francisco State University.
For further information, please contact 415-278-9566. To purchase tickets to the ensemble’s upcoming concerts on February 28 and April 4, visit www.cityboxoffice.com. Steven Schick’s 2011-12 season programming will be announced in April.
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The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, an ensemble of highly skilled musicians, has performed, commissioned and recorded innovative new music of exceptional interest since 1971. This is their 40th Anniversary Season of performances.